It seems we are getting more and more storms these days. It may be because they now have names but it certainly feels like come the Autumn we have a different storm every week. With Ophelia still fresh in everyone’s mind we thought it would be good to remind ourselves just how useful stoves are in a “pinch”.
OK so the obvious plus point is they provide warmth regardless of power cuts. But more importantly they provide a bit of morale and a lovely safe feeling. When the weather is really rough nothing makes you feel better than a roaring stove! However, those who have electric based heating systems would certainly feel the benefit of a stove after a long power cut. In some cases gas supplies could be interrupted and again, independent heat is very useful.
Stoves give out a surprising amount of light. With the lights off a stove burning well will actually provide enough light to see by. Once again, this is a massive bonus in a power cut. Of course, these days everyone has phones but they only last so long and a scramble for some old candles is a lot less stressful when you know at least one room already has a bit of light.
There are some stoves with a specifically designed hot plate but even a normal stove can be used with caution to heat up some food. A small pan held on the top with a tin of beans in can make all the different on a cold stormy night with no power. You can also heat water for that all important cup of tea or coffee. You can even use a pan to boil water for sterilising bottles for babies.
OK so you can exactly have a shower with a stove but as mentioned above. They can be used to very carefully heat some water to then use to wash with. You may even need to wash off some muddy clothes or clean up after heading outside in the storm to fix a flapping door.
It is extremely important to take extra care with children in the room and pans of hot water or food. But, if care is taken your stove can become a true household hero in a big storm. Light, heat, warm food, washing…..what else?
It may not seem like it but a stove can be a great focus in a storm. Keeping it going becomes an important job, looking into the flames is also very comforting and toasting the odd marshmallow with the door open can certainly bring a smile to any frightened children’s faces as well as grown ups.